3 Things Generalized Anxiety Sufferers Want You To Do For Them

July 15, 2017

“Making A Mountain Out Of A Mole Hill Is Common With GAD.”

Generalized anxiety disorder or GAD can be described as a psychological condition marked by disproportionate or excessive anxiety about different aspects of daily life, including work, financial issues, and social or familial relationships.

In other words, generalized anxiety can refer to the condition of exaggeration of everyday anxieties and worries. The challenge can be very debilitating and all-consuming, thus adversely affecting all areas of everyday life.

Here’s what generalized anxiety sufferers need you to know about them:

1. Learn everything you can about generalized anxiety

A person who is more aware of the condition afflicting his/her partner will be in a better position to assist and deal with the anxiety. Greater knowledge of generalized anxiety will help ease the communication between you and your partner. You may watch videos, read, and even attend coaching sessions with the person to gain more information about the condition.

Increased knowledge about the disorder will help you go through episodes of anxiety attacks as well; it will not be marked by frustration and helplessness anymore.

Even though the person suffering may know all the coping mechanisms, it may be useless during such times. The episode has to be able to run its course. All you need to do is be supportive and use all the skill sets that you have learnt to pull your partner out of that state of being before they completely get lost in it.

2. You simply being there is the best thing for them

Generalized anxiety can sometimes turn into depression or rage. These times can be very difficult for the person suffering as well as for you. It is also important, especially in times of such extreme anxiety, for you to remember that the GAD sufferer is appreciative of you being there for them. They do not forget that they care for you and love you, even during bad anxiety bouts. Your support is what motivates them to fight through the bad times and change when anything and everything seems impossible.

“Even though the person may not always express the affection and appreciation towards you for your support and awareness, it is important to keep in mind that they dig you, more than words can express, both during good times and bad times.”

3. Understand that their world is different and fraught with difficulties

Non anxious people feel good about themselves and have positive attitudes towards the world and life on good days. This is not the case with generalized anxiety sufferers. They perceive the world to be full of challenges and daunting even on a good day.

Every aspect of the daily functioning, from getting out of bed, to deciding what to eat and what to wear, to being affable to co-workers can be very difficult and hard. Living every day as it comes requires monumental effort and is a feat of courage and strength. Understand this.

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2 comments on “3 Things Generalized Anxiety Sufferers Want You To Do For Them

  1. Chris Apr 29, 2018

    I was diagnosed with GAD a few years ago. I am now in my late 50’s. I’m also ADHD and dyslexic. I suffered in school a great deal because of my lack of comprehension when reading but excelled mechanically. It was thought that I was not as smart as others because of the conditions that you described in your article, but I have found that my anxiety is from the fact that I am “smarter than the average Joe” and have missed out on much because of the assumptions of others. Taking tests were a big big challenge, but now through therapy, reading and breathing, I have learned to reduce my anxiety (sometimes) when challenges come about.

    Thank you for writing this article, I have forwarded it to those I feel will understand me more now.